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Elementary education begins in kindergarten and continues through grade 5. Students will build on the fundamentals they learned in early childhood. There are some things you can do as a parent to help your child succeed in elementary school.


Attendance

State
Assessments

Parent-teacher
Conferences

Resources

Attendance - Attending school every day is crucial for a child's education and overall development.

  • Regular school attendance fosters continuous learning and academic progress. When your child misses school, it can create gaps in their knowledge and hinder their academic success.
  • Texas law mandates school attendance for children aged 6 to 18. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their children attend school regularly. Failing to do so may result in legal consequences.*
  • Even for short-term stays, enrolling children in the local school is essential. Even if you plan to move soon, registering your children in the current school district provides them with access to education and socialization. This temporary enrollment can help them stay on track with their peers and minimize disruptions to their learning.

Here are a few websites to visit for more information.

Txel.org

  • For all parents, guardians, and family members looking to provide support to their child, we have a collection of resources and tools to provide help and guidance.

Texas Schools

  • Visit this website to locate a school in your area or to learn more about local schools.

Texas Education Agency (TEA)

  • Enrolling your Child in School

* Texas Education Code, Education Code. Chapter 25. Subchapter A. Admission and Enrollment. (Austin, Texas: Texas Education Code)
EDUCATION CODE CHAPTER 25. ADMISSION, TRANSFER, AND ATTENDANCE (texas.gov).

STAAR

STAAR measures students' learning and readiness for the next grade. Starting in grade 3, students take state assessments, including STAAR tests in reading and math. Those not passing in grade 5 will have opportunities to participate in tutoring sessions to bridge educational gaps.

STAAR Website

  • Parents can find information, resources, and a checklist to help prepare their child for the STAAR

STAAR Report Card Recommended Book List

  • Provides recommended book titles for each grade level.

STAAR Practice tests

  • Help your child get familiar with the testing format using released STAAR exam questions

TELPAS

Students in grades K-12 that have been identified as an emergent bilingual (EB) student are required to take the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) test. This test assesses the English language proficiency in four language domains – listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

TELPAS website

  • Parents can find more information on how to help their students prepare for the test

TELPAS FAQ (English & Spanish)

Parent-teacher Conferences - Parent-teacher conferences provide an opportunity for you to work with your child’s teacher to understand what your child is learning, how they are progressing, and ways you can support their learning at home. These meetings are scheduled by the school throughout the school year. However, you can contact your child’s teacher to request a conference any time you have questions or would like to talk about how your child is doing in school and request additional help your child may need.

Parent conferences can be stressful, but remember, you and your child’s teacher are working together to ensure your child is on the right track.6 

Several websites can help you prepare for a parent-teacher conference.

Parent-Teacher Conference Tool

  • Helps you plan your questions before the parent-teacher conference.

Back to School Parent Conferencing

  • Provides parents with a conferencing tool that explains what to do before and during a parent-teacher conference in order to best connect with their child’s teacher.

Support to Help Ensure Your Child is on Track This School Year

  • Offers support and resources to help parents improve academic outcomes for your child.

6 Constantino, Steven M. 2021. Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles. 2nd ed. (Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press, 2021), 154-158.

Resources - There are several website resources that can help you support your child throughout the elementary school years.

Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative: Early Childhood Education

  • Simple guides to help you  understand what your child will  learn in Prekindergarten through Grade 2.

Education Resources for Parents of K-12 Migratory Children

  • Ready-to-use resources and activities to do at home with your child to support learning.

Supporting Emergent Bilinguals in Texas

  • Information and resources to support parents and families of emergent bilingual students.